Windows / Guides

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...windows (and walls) aren’t dripping, relax! However, if your basement has a certain musty smell, or telltale black mildew and mold marks in corners or behind ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...windows and doors are properly sealed . New BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Co...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is that energy loss often brings with it moisture damage in t...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , a...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill ...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...windows at night to cool a house, it will take longer to release heat if it is stored in tons of dense material. During an extended heat wave, you’ll win for th...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...windows (and walls) aren’t dripping, relax! However, if your basement has a certain musty smell, or telltale black mildew and mold marks in corners or behind ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...windows and door openings cut at the factory, otherwise you will likely be using a chain saw on site and will treat your neighbourhood and local environment to ...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...windows and doors for Zero Net Energy homes , with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient [SHGC] of 0.18 and a North American Fenestration Standards [NAFS] performance g...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...Windows and skylights are positioned to take full advantage of the natural light from the southern exposure, and are detailed with extruded wooden frames that a...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...windows and when to repair them How to choose the best windows Everything you need to know about planning a sustainable green renovation or new buil...